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Can't click and drag

Reconnected my keyboard and mouse on my G5 iMac that I just got back from the shop. I can double click on an icon and open it, but can't drag a file (e.g. like to the trash)

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    Luke Kim May 11, 2010

    I need more information on the issue you are having. The only thing i can get from your explanation is that you connected an external keyboard and mouse to your G5 iMac (17" or 20"??) and you can't click and drag an icon to and fro anywhere on the desktop??

    "I can double click on an icon and open it..."
    - First question is if you move your mouse from left to right or up and down rapidly or slowly, does the pointer move look as if it is attempting to move or is it just there unmoved? Because with your next part of your sentence "...but can't drag a file...(e.g. like to the trash)" says to me that you are not able to move the mouse to where you would like so you can relocate a file. Is this correct?
    = If above is YES, then next question i have is the reason you had it returned to you by the "SHOP" the same reason or similar to the issue at hand? And also linked to the question is did the mouse and keyboard work fine before sending your iMac in for servicing or no? If it had worked fine then you should return your iMac G5 to that SHOP and explain to them that you had no issues with the mouse and how it functioned prior to having your system serviced, and explain to them what isn't working as it should be. Since they had touched the internals or not last then they should fix this issue for you as a freebie.

    But i would first try another optical mouse and or keyboard or connect the mouse not through the keyboards hub but direct and see if that clears the issue. If it doesn't, then i would say replace the mouse. But if nothing changes even with a different Mac compatible mouse then do as suggested above.


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I suspect you have a wireless mouse. When the batteries get low in an Apple wireless mouse, one of the prime symptoms is that click works but drag doesn't, or vice versa. Replace your batteries.

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